CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia passed landmark laws on Tuesday to impose a price on carbon emissions in one of the biggest economic reforms in a decade and injecting new impetus into December's global climate talks in South Africa.
Tuesday's vote in the upper house Senate made Australia the second major economy behind the European Union to pass carbon-limiting legislation. Tiny New Zealand has a similar scheme. Its impact will be felt right across the economy, from miners and liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers to airlines and steel makers, and is aimed at making firms more energy efficient and push power generation toward gas and renewables.
The vote is a major victory for embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who staked her political future on what will be the most comprehensive carbon price scheme outside of Europe, despite deep hostility from voters and the political opposition. "Today Australia has a price on carbon as the law of our land. ($1 = 0.967 Australian Dollars) Australia Senate backs carbon tax. 8 November 2011Last updated at 09:58 Australia is the developed world's worst polluter per head of population Australia's Senate has approved a controversial law on pollution, after years of bitter political wrangling.
The Clean Energy Act will force the country's 500 worst-polluting companies to pay a tax on their carbon emissions from 1 July next year. The Senate vote is a victory for Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who had given strong backing to the plan. Environmentalists have broadly backed the scheme, but there have been large public protests against it. Australian MPs pass carbon tax. Julia Gillard, Australia's Labor party prime minister, has succeeding in getting a carbon tax through the lower house of parliament.
Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty. Environment News. Latest green news Why the carbon tax should stay Jemma Green There is no shortage of people advocating to 'scrap the carbon tax', saying that it will reduce electricity prices and make Australia more competitive.
But it doesn’t stack up when you look at the numbers, says Jemma Green. Economy.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Global Warming. Updated April 04, 2010 In February 2007, the United Nations released a scientific report that concludes that global warming is happening and will continue to happen for centuries.
CarbonCycle. KScience - Animations. The Carbon Cycle Game. What Is The Greenhouse Effect? The Greenhouse Effect is the atmosphere’s ability to trap heat from the sun, which causes the Earth’s climate to be warmer and more stable than it otherwise would be.
Understanding The Atmosphere Our atmosphere acts like glass on a greenhouse, allowing light and heat to penetrate and warm the Earth while slowing the radiation of heat back out into space. This effect is essential for life on Earth as we know it, and it all depends on a fragile layer of gas. Cause and effect for global warming. Cause of global warming Almost 100% of the observed temperature increase over the last 50 years has been due to the increase in the atmosphere of greenhouse gas concentrations like water vapour, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and ozone.
Greenhouse gases are those gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect (see below). Maps predict future floods for cities - ABC Melbourne - Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Updated December 15, 2010 11:57:00.
OzCoasts Climate change: Sea level rise maps. With around 85% of Australia's population living in the coastal zone, rising sea levels and storm surges will have significant impacts on many of our coastal towns and cities.
Understanding the risks to infrastructure and private property is particularly important for highly populated urban areas. The Australian Government has developed a series of initial sea level rise maps to illustrate the potential impacts of climate change for key urban areas. You can access the maps by selecting a region in the box on the right, or by clicking on the map below. The maps have been prepared by combining a sea level rise value with a high tide value. They illustrate an event that could be expected to occur at least once a year, but possibly more frequently, around the year 2100. OzCoasts Climate change: Visualising sea-level rise - Melbourne region - Williamstown and Rosebud to Bass. Maps have been prepared for three sea-level rise scenarios of 0.5m, 0.8m and 1.1m,relevant for the 2100 period. You may notice that some of the areas highlighted as low lying and vulnerable are the same ones that are already prone to flooding in big storms.
However, it is important to remember that the maps show flooding that may occur annually, or in some areas more frequently, around the turn of the century. The big storms of 2100 are likely to flood an even larger area. The Greenhouse Effect - Thermodynamics, Heat, Climate Change. Greenhouse_2011. Google Image Result for. Global Warming Interactive, Global Warming Simulation, Climate Change Simulation. The Nitrogen Cycle. Nitrogen Cycle.